Date: May 2, 2013
Host campus: San Francisco State University
For additional information, contact: Dr. Francis Neely, Department of Political Science, San Francisco State University, 415/338-1522;
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specifically geared toward this conference.
7-Hills Conference Center
To be considered for an award: April 15, 2013
To make a presentation only: April 22, 2013
The CSU, SSRIC Student Research Conference is modeled on professional conferences in
the social sciences. The Council invites both undergraduate and graduate
students, from all CSU and California Community College campuses and in all areas of
the social sciences, to present their research to their peers. Research that has
human subjects involvement must have appropriate institutional review.
Individual and group papers are welcome. Participants should be prepared to
make oral presentations of about 15 minutes in length. Papers accompanying the
presentation should be 20 pages or less in length. Lunch will be provided to
The atmosphere of the Conference is relaxed, and the emphasis is on
meeting and sharing with students with similar interests from throughout the CSU. Dress
should be dressy casual. Three prizes are awarded. The Charles McCall award
is given for the best paper by an undergraduate student or students. The Betty
Nesvold award is for the best graduate paper. The Gloria Rummels award is given
for the best paper using quantitative data. Each award consists of a certificate
A written paper is not required for participation, but both a written paper and an
oral presentation are required for award consideration, though the oral presentation
itself is not considered in deciding on the awards. To be considered for an
award, register here. Post your paper with your registration, along with an abstract of not more than 100 words, not later than April 15.
If you are not interested in being considered for an award, but would like to make
an oral presentation at the Conference, register here. Post an abstract of not more than 100 words with your registration not later than April 22.
The Conference will be held on campus in the 7-Hills Conference Center and the Towers Conference Center.
Windows-based computers with PowerPoint and projection units will be available in
Conference rooms. To avoid problems in loading presentations, bring your
PowerPoint presentation on a CD or flash drive. Be sure to let Dr. Neely
know if you have any additional needs.
For more information, contact (in order of priority):
Note: The CSU SSRIC Student Research Conference is separate from the similarly-named
CSU Student Research Competition, which will be held at Cal Poly, Pomona on May 10 and 11. It is OK to present your paper at both events.
Notes on the 2012 conference
. The conference was held on Thursday, May 3 at CSU Los Angeles. There were a record high 52 presentations by 65 students (including co-authors) from 9 CSU campuses. The conference program
is available in PDF.
Winning papers (award winners (left to right: Lauren Bates, Lia Marshall, Martha Nuño Diaz) shown with 2011-2012 SSRIC Chair, Dr. Josh Meisel):
- The Charles McCall Award for Best Undergraduate Paper: Martha Nuño Diaz, California State University Fresno, Aqui y Alla: Using Alternative Medicine to Cope with Mexican-American
- The Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper: Lia Marshall, California State University Los Angeles,
Acculturation and Health Literacy: Heart Disease Self-Management of Older
- The Gloria Rummels Award for Best Use of Quantitative Data: Lauren Bates, California State University Long Beach,
Difference in Perspective Precipitates Difference in Memory Performance in
the Survival Processing Paradigm
Notes on the 2011 conference . The conference was held on Friday,
April 29 at San Jose State University. There were 14 presentations from 4 CSU campuses.
program (including presentation abstracts) is available in PDF
- Samantha Paine (Antropology, San Jose State University). The Charles McCall Award
for Best Undergraduate Paper, "An Ethnography of Water Birth and Its
Representations on YouTube.com."
- Juan Pablo Mercado (Mexican American Studies, San Jose State University). The
Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate Paper, "Re-visioning the Mexican American
Experience in World War II."
Notes on the 2010 conference . The conference was held on Friday,
April 30 at Cal Poly Pomona. There were 33 presentations (involving a total of 37
students) from 9 CSU campuses. The conference program is available in PDF format, as are abstracts of the papers
Dr. Ellen Berg (left), SSRIC Chair for 2009-2010, shown with (left to right):
- Daniel Krystosek - Sociology, Sacramento - Gloria Rummels Award for Best
Quantitative Paper, "The Church Influences the State: Religion and Marijuana
- Mark Ocegueda - History, San Bernardino - Charles McCall Award for Best
Undergraduate Paper, "Lopez v. Seccombe: The City of Sn Bernardino's Mexican
American Defense Committee and Its Role in Regional and National Desegregation."
- Andria Black - Political Science, Long Beach - Betty Nesvold Award for Best
Graduate Paper, "Composing a Nation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to French
Notes on the 2009 conference . The conference was held on Friday,
May 8 at CSU, Sacramento. There were 43 presentations (involving a total of 50
students) from 12 CSU campuses. The conference program is available
in PDF format.Winning papers:
Dr. Kathy Naff (right), SSRIC Chair for 2008-2009, shown with (left to right):
- Christopher Lewis - Business Management, Long Beach - Gloria Rummels Award for
Best Quantitative Paper, "Capitalization or Lock-In? An Empirical Study of the 2003
Capital Gains Tax Cut."
- Daniel Liu - Government, Sacramento - Betty Nesvold Award for Best Graduate
Paper, "US-China Relations Viewed through the Lenses of Prospect Theory."
- Vivian Helliwell - Economics, Humboldt - Charles McCall Award for Best
Undergraduate Paper, "Fisheries Management for California Dungeness Crab: Adaption to
Notes on the 2008 conference . The conference was held on Friday,
May 2 at CSU Long Beach. Students from 11 CSU campuses made a total of 43
- Video: Watch highlights of the
- The opening ceremony (time = 10:19),
including welcoming remarks from Dr. Jose Moreno (who, along with Dr. Stafford Cox,
represents CSULB on the SSRIC), Dr. Karen Gould (CSULB Provost and Senior V.P.), Dr.
Gerry Reposa (Dean, CSULB College of Liberal Arts), and Dr. Lori Weber (Chair of the
- The keynote address (time = 21.58)by
Dr. Elizabeth Ambos (CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Initiatives and
- The award ceremony (time =
Honorable Mentions (awarded for the first time this year):
- The winner of the Charles McCall Award for best undergraduate
paper was Chris Curd (Sociology, Long Beach) for his paper, "Male
Virgins: Social Isolation, Religion and Self-esteem.
- Elizabeth P. Adie (Psychology, Long Beach) won the Betty
Nesvold Award for best graduate paper for her paper on "The Effect of Social
Support on Depression and Maternal Stress Dduring Pregnancy."
- The Gloria Rummels Award for best paper using quantitative data
went to Jeff Hemsley (Economics, East Bay) for his paper, "Tobacco
Interests, Information Policy and Market Failure: An Empirical Analysis.
- Melanie Duncan (Sociology, Chico), "Young Feminists and the
Beauty Ideal: Analysis of Internalization and Reduction Behaviors."
- John J. Eddy (Anthropology, Northridge), "Source
Characterization of Santa Cruz Island Chlorite Schist and Its Role in Stone Bead and
Ornament Exchange Networks."
- Brooke Hundtoft (Anthroploogy, Long Beach), "Stylistic
Variability of Stemmed Obsidian Biface Tools on Easter Island Using a Frequency
Notes on the 2007 conference. The conference was held on Friday,
April 27 at CSU East Bay. Students from 11 CSU campuses made a total of 24
- The winner of the Charles McCall Award for best undergraduate
paper was Paula Wright (Economics, Fresno) for her paper on
"Breathing and Wheezing: The Effects of Home Environment on Asthmatics'
- Patrick Lynch (History, Los Angeles) won the Betty
Nesvold Award for best graduate paper for his paper on "Sheridan Downey
and the 160 Acre Limitation."
- The Gloria Rummels Award for best paper using quantitative
data went to Lucinda Winward (Public Policy and Administration,
Sacramento) for her paper, "Emergency Room Overcrowding: Policy, Problems and
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